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03-25-2015, 08:23 AM
Posted 2015-03-25 07:23:04 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20150322_At_nearly_80__he_earns_his_black_belt_in_Aikido.html

Here's an aikido article entitled "At nearly 80, he earns his black belt in Aikido" (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20150322_At_nearly_80__he_earns_his_black_belt_in_Aikido.html) which highlights Bob O'Hare who recently took his shodan exam for his 80th birthday.

From the article: "It's a good feeling to work out and stretch and use your body and roll around," he said. "When I spend an hour and a half at the dojo for a training session, I will be thrown to the ground 100 times and get up. And I will throw someone else to the ground 100 times, and they will get up. This ability to work together and feel myself active, with somebody, it's a good feeling, and at the end of it, it's not like, 'Wow, what a workout.' It's more like, 'That was wonderful. And calming.' "

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03-25-2015, 08:27 AM
And, here is news (video) footage of his test:


-- Jun

Janet Rosen
03-25-2015, 11:19 AM
Ain't it grand???
I don't know what else to say :-)

03-25-2015, 12:14 PM
Congratulations Sempai Bob!

Susan Dalton
03-25-2015, 12:34 PM
That's great! Congratulations!

03-25-2015, 03:20 PM
Awesome !

Marie Noelle Fequiere
03-26-2015, 10:17 AM
I saw an older gentlemen one day in a health club. His tee shirt read: "Things get better with age. I'm approaching magnificent". :)
I'll bet Bob would agree wit that.

03-28-2015, 08:33 AM
We can all hop e to move so well at 80! Congratulations and well done.